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Brandied Pears


Cook a big batch of Brandied Pears and turn them into delightful Christmas gifts! Find out which pears to buy and which products you’ll need. 


  • 560ml (2¼ cups) brandy
  • 560ml (2¼ cups) water
  • 250g (1¼ cup) brown sugar
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 3 whole star anise
  • 2 cinnamon stick
  • 2 lemon, zested
  • 2 orange, zested
  • 3 rosemary sprigs
  • 8 pears, peeled and cored


  1. Combine all of the ingredients, except for the pears, in a large saucepan. 
  2. Bring to a boil for 1 minute, stir and reduce to a simmer.
  3. Place the pears in the simmering liquid. 
  4. Cover with a lid and let them gently simmer for 20 minutes, or until the pears are tender and cooked through. 
  5. To store: Place the pears with a slotted spoon in sterilised Tala glass-top jars.
  6. Sieve the liquid and pour it in with the pears, ensuring the fruit is submerged. Store in a cool dark place.
  7. To serve: Pour the brandy sauce in a saucepan and cook on a medium-high heat until sauce thickens and coats the back of a spoon. 
  8. Add the pears to it and gently heat through. 
  9. Serve the pears and sauce with vanilla ice cream and chopped walnuts.


  • Watch out for the type of pears you purchase. Sweet, eating pears will dissolve in the cooking process. The best varieties you can use is Conference, Bosc or Seckel.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Boil
  • Cuisine: French

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